Merging > Bundling: That’s according to Warner Bros. Discovery’s incoming CFO, who says that Discovery Plus and HBO Max will (eventually) meld to create what they hope to be a Netflix killer.

The closure of an ad-free YouTube app is a reminder of ad blockers’ prominence: Digital advertising efforts are at odds with the experience most internet users want.

MSNBC is the latest news broadcaster to test out streaming: Peacock turns to political content for an edge as media organizations launch streaming-exclusive news shows.

Ad-supported video is the new streaming gold rush: Disney, HBO, Discovery, and even Netflix have toyed with or launched ad-based viewing channels

Live sports streaming deals could make it easier for cord-cutters to pull the plug: Apple TV’s Major League Baseball deal is the latest of many such deals.

YouTube’s podcasting “grants” show the power of video: The platform is offering up to six figures to help podcasters launch video versions of their shows.

Jane Ko tried to avoid TikTok. The blogger and creator’s platform of choice is Instagram, where her @atasteofkoko account has about 118,000 followers, and she felt she wasn’t the right fit for an app that burst on the scene with singing and dancing—things she says she isn’t good at.

Netflix is practically synonymous with video streaming in the US, with 76% of US teens and adults surveyed using the platform. Amazon Prime Video is the next most popular service, used by 64%, while Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max round out the top five.

Disney+ hopes to draw a higher following with lower price: Ad-supported subscription to debut as company strives for customer target of up to 260 million.

“The Batman” proves people will still pay for a movie: Rather than wait 45 days to see it at home, North American consumers spent $128.5 million over the weekend to see the blockbuster.

Verizon’s new streaming subscription hub resembles cable bundles of old: Streaming services are fighting tooth and nail to get ahead in a congested field.

TV squeaks past online and mobile video to become the top video ad channel among US agency and marketing professionals. In October, 47% ranked TV—including connected TV (CTV) and OTT—as the No. 1 video type for achieving their advertising goals. That’s more than the 46% who put online and mobile video in first place.

The streaming subscription may be at a turning point: As CNN+ pricing and launch strategy comes into focus, there’s a question how much content consumers will pay for.

HBO Max was the most downloaded US mobile entertainment app in 2021, with 46.0 million downloads and a monster growth rate of 101%. Second-place Netflix saw downloads drop by 15% year over year to 38.0 million.

On today's episode, we discuss takeaways from the 2022 Winter Olympics, video length, impulse buys declining, whether the streaming wars can be won, delivery culture, an unpopular opinion about cart abandonment, where escalators came from, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Suzy Davidkhanian, Dave Frankland, and Paul Verna.

US Soccer is the latest sport snatched up by streamers: HBO Max struck an eight-year deal with the US Soccer Federation, similar to its NHL deal last year.

Google’s latest report shows how transparency has become crucial for social platforms: The company said it has banned thousands of Chinese spam accounts.

On today's episode, we discuss whether Disney+ is back on track, how to read HBO Max's numbers, and whether Paramount+ can keep up. For "In Other News," we talk about why folks are cutting the cord today and why there's been a boost in ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) ad spending. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Ross Benes.